40 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 13, 1978)
24 area youths were hired by the YMCA to participate in the Stream Valley Environmental project by improving the environmental conditions of waterways around Eastern Baltimore County. They also began work on a 1-mile long hiking trail around the Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant. Picnic tables, log benches, and trash cans were also installed by the workers.
Rosedale resident Nellie Einshutz of Philadelphia Rd. celebrated her 80th birthday with a surprise party. One notable present was a declaration from County Executive Ted Venetoulis stating that July 2 would be known as ‘Nellie Einshutz Day’.
The Middle River Rotary made a pledge of $2,000 towards the Franklin Square Hospital Development Fund which aimed to raise money to expand and grow the hospital.
30 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 14, 1988)
Kenwood High School student Lisa Schultze, Chesapeake High’s Joyce Baugher, and Eastern Tech’s Bruce Lancaster were among of the recipients of the first-ever Ethics Award presented by the County’s Board of Education. The award recognized students who exemplified self-discipline, kindness, and respect for others.
The Baltimore metro area was placed under a ban of outdoor water use prompted by high heat and a lack of rainfall. Use of water during the restricted hours was made punishable by fines up to $100.
The 6th Annual Baltimore County Fire Department Golf Tournament raised over $5,000 for burn research and care. All proceeds from the event were donated to the International Association of Firefighter’s burn fund.
Orems Elementary School was among the first pre-k programs in the country to be accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.
20 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 16, 1998)
Over 1,380 bicyclists, including Chesapeake High graduate Marie Loman, participated in a 300-mile bicycle tour across Maryland. The Cycle Across Maryland challenge paired up at-risk students with adult mentors who worked together to prepare for the grueling trek through the state.
A fire destroyed an Essex landmark, the Essex Barber Shop on the corner of Eastern Blvd. and Woodward Ave. The fire caused over $70,000 worth of damage and tied up traffic on the busy street for hours. The shop had been a staple in Essex since the early 1940s.
The Avenue profiled resident Dave Helmcamp and how he discovered pieces of Essex history along the shore of Upper Back River. Armed with a shovel, he would excavate old bottles from Columbia and Fred Bauerschmidt Brewing that dated back to the 19th century. These discoveries kicked off his lifelong love of bottle-collecting and helped organizations like the Essex Library collect and archive pieces of the neighborhood’s past to share with current residents.
White Marsh resident Erin Moore was chosen to represent the United States on the Eastern Division Women’s Softball Team in Hawaii. She set out on a mission to raise the $2,000 needed to pay for her travel.
10 years ago today: (from the Avenue News of July 16, 2008)
In keeping her legacy alive in Essex and Middle River, a gazebo near the entrance of Old Eastern Ave. to the fields of Renaissance Park was dedicated to local historian and Avenue News contributor Jackie Nickels. Described at the ceremony as an Essex icon, Nickel was instrumental in land preservation projects along with authoring two books on the history of Essex. Nickel’s son and grandson helped unveil the sign displaying her name.
The Maryland Recyclers Coalition honored the Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works with their 2008 Outstanding Government Leadership award. The DPW’s Solid Waste Management initiatives, such as a ten-year solid waste management plan and marketing campaign, were highlighted.
Over 10,000 residents came out to celebrate at the 2008 Perry Hall Town Fair, hosted by the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association. Attractions included a specialized Kid Arena which featured child-friendly fun such as a petting zoo.